Yellowstone Information, Photos, and More
Welcome to my Yellowstone page, a hub for my Yellowstone photos and pictures, videos, and other useful Yellowstone information and links. Hopefully the information and recommendations will help you plan your own trip to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of my favorite places for wildlife adventures. If you’d like to join me on a Yellowstone photo tour, please click here.
Yellowstone Winter 2020
My winter 2020 trip to the park was my best ever at this time of year. It featured two weeks of almost non-stop action, with some of my best encounters with a few species that I’ve enjoyed in years.
The first week was spent exploring on my own, and right off the bat I had a very nice wolf encounter, featuring the Wapiti Pack (left). Other wildlife sightings were mixed in during that first week as well—including my best otter encounter in a couple years—as I geared up for my photo tour, taking place in the second half of the trip. What a tour! Not only did we get the Wapitis again in the park interior, but we had two weasels together (a first for me), with good fox, otter, moose and other wildlife sightings.
If you missed the trip reports from these adventures, you can check them out in the blog.
If you’re interested in joining me on a future Yellowstone adventure, please visit my tours and workshops page.
From the Blog
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As I honor the 20th anniversary of the Yellowstone trip that ignited my passion for wildlife photography (#29 on...July 6, 2020
Welcome back! We’ve entered the top half of my Yellowstone trip rankings. So far in the “Yellowstone 50,” we...June 29, 2020
Welcome back to the “Yellowstone 50,” where I rank my first fifty trips to our first national park in...June 22, 2020
Let’s face it, 2020 has been a disaster on many levels. I’ve mostly been stuck at home, and nearly...June 16, 2020
June 12, 2020 Operating on three hours of sleep, I did pretty well getting down to Hayden Valley on...June 14, 2020
June 10, 2020 They came to us in the night. Next door at our second cabin, heavy footsteps were...June 11, 2020
June 8, 2020 I knew Monday would only be a half day. There was a lot of work to...June 9, 2020
June 6, 2020 I allowed us to sleep in on Saturday morning. All the way until five o’clock. We...June 7, 2020
June 4, 2020 During my first ever trip to Yellowstone, my dad would constantly drag me out to the...June 5, 2020
I escaped quarantine. Probably to the benefit of my mental health more than my physical health (though it would...June 3, 2020
I’ve published the third installment in my “Learning About Wildlife” video series. This edition discusses the art of camouflage,...May 19, 2020
See More Yellowstone Photos
I’m slowly adding images to the archive. Some Yellowstone galleries are already up. View the photos in the Yellowstone & Grand Tetons collection here.
Below is a packing list I put together for one of our Yellowstone road trips many years ago. This was intended to give the first-timers coming with us an idea of what they might need to bring on a road trip to Yellowstone.
Things to keep in mind: this list is catered to a group of people who intend to “car camp” in one of Yellowstone’s many official camp sites during the summer. The items on this list may not all apply to your group, vehicle, time of travel or camping/lodging situation. It is intended as a general reference and a good basis for a packing list.
Please remember that Yellowstone is Bear Country! It’s important to keep your campsite clean at all times, to dispose of food and trash in designated, bear-proof containers and to lock items in your car at night. Do not leave any food or other scented items (including toiletries) in your tent, as that will attract bears. Help keep Yellowstone safe for both visitors and animals!
- Two-Burner Propane stove
- Propane canisters for stove
- Disposable Paper Plates
- Disposable Paper Bowls
- Plastic flatware
- Set of silverware (emergency)
- Wooden spoon
- Paper towels
- Sanitary wipes
- Hot dog skewers
- Medium-large cooler
- Tupperware container (keeps items dry in cooler)
- Plastic grocery bags (for garbage)
- Gallon and sandwich ziploc bags
- Sponge + dish soap
- First Aid Kit, moleskin
- Tarps (extra rain cover)
- Rope, in case tarp needs to be hung
- Folding Camping Chairs
- Your favorite Mug
- Water bottle (for hikes)
- Sleeping Bag
- Air mattress
- Bug repellant
- Sun screen
- Hat (for sun)
- Hat (for cold)
- Rain jacket
- Thick/Warm socks
- X trainer/hiking shoes or boots
- Sandals/flip flops (shower)
- Toiletries, including soap/shampoo
- Towel (though these can be “rented” at certain public showers)
- Swimsuit (you never know)
- Camera gear!
- Bear spray
- Small Backpack (for hikes)
Yellowstone Photo Tours
I am a licensed guide and tour operator in Yellowstone National Park. Here’s a list of my upcoming photo tours, in case you are interested in joining me on a future adventure.
- Yellowstone Winter Tour: January 17 – 24, 2021
- Yellowstone Spring Wildlife Tour: June 5 – 11, 2021
I am also available for private and customized tours.
Recommended Photo Gear
Here is a list of photo equipment and accessories that I recommend for wildlife photography in Yellowstone. Due to the wide open spaces and wildlife distance regulations, long lenses are recommended. I typically recommend a minimum of 300mm, but even 500-600mm may leave you wanting on occasion. For bodies, something with better high ISO handling is a good idea simply because foul weather and darker conditions are common in the park.
- Induro CT314 tripod
- Traditional Gimbal Head or Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead w/Wimberley Sidekick
- Nexto DI 500GB Storage Device
Also in the Bag
- 50+ GB worth of memory cards
- Pixel Pocket Rocket
- 4-6 camera batteries
- Wonpro powerbar and cord
- Lens cloth, pen brush
- Rain covers
- Sensor cleaning kit or vinyl makeup brushes
For trips to Yellowstone, your bag choice may depend on how you’re getting to the park. If driving, you have room for a larger roller bag or backpack, such as the excellent bags made by ThinkTank Photo. If you’re flying, you may be forced to take smaller planes (even “commuter jets”), in which case more compact photo packs may be more appropriate. Those made by ThinkTank and MindShift Gear may fit the bill.
When hiking, I prefer to carry my photo gear in pouches rather than a large photo pack, so that lenses and equipment are within reach. Think Tank’s Skin System works for me.
- Skin Belt
- Pixel Racing Harness
- Skin Double Wide
- Skin Chimp Cage
- Skin 50
- Skin Strobe
- Two RU Thirsty pouches
Purchase a Think Tank pouch system or other items over $50 using the links above and get a free gift (usually a pretty nice accessory). Thanks for your support!